Cleveland Browns Rumors: Talks for Houston Texans RB Ben Tate Surface
It's been just over six hours since the start of the new NFL year and free agency, and the Cleveland Browns seem to be a non-destination for all the top names available.
However, an ESPN Cleveland post surfaced saying the Browns may engage in talks with the Houston Texans about running back Ben Tate.
Having let Peyton Hillis walk into free agency, Cleveland could use an upgrade at RB with Montario Hardesty, Brandon Jackson and Chris Ogbannaya on the roster. Not the depth the front office obviously has confidence in, since acquiring Tate would most likely be in the form of a trade as he is still under contract.
Further details were not available at the time this article was published and nothing has been confirmed by any other sources either.
This would be an interesting move by Cleveland, and shows that Tate could have been their target in the 2010 NFL Draft. After the Texans took Tate in the second round, the Browns suddenly panicked and traded back into the second round to grab Hardesty. This is all an assumption, but if the Browns' pursuit of Tate is true, it makes it a pretty good one right now.
In the end, Cleveland needs to make some moves in the offseason to help regain the confidence of its fan base, who have seen their team sit quietly in free agency the past two offseasons under the current regime. And after remaining relatively quiet on Day 1, nothing would wake the fans up like a trade for a 23-year old coming off a 900-yard-plus season.
This is the kind of move that would make me content on this free agent period. From my vantage point, Tate is a rather sizable upgrade going forward over Hillis, especially in the West Coast Offense. As always the case with Tate (or any RB), it is contingent on him staying healthy, but I've been high on this guy since his early days at Auburn.
That would be a pretty big splash and would also take Richardson out of the equation at the 4 spot (thankfully).
All 4 they were non factors. Watch the games next time. No nightmares are had in Philly vs those two WRs you named. Keep making up stuff, like Garcon being a better addition than Vjax.
I never said he was a better addition, just that given the circumstances, I'm cool w the younger guy who's proven yet more cost effective and a great fit in the offense.
You just love to bait people with your malleable perceptions that you morph as you see fit to incite arguments becuz you are absolutely pathetic and likely get little satisfaction unless it is a confrontational setting online